ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sees an added value to the Big Ten Conference schedule.
No. 4 Michigan (3-0) hosts Penn State (2-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Michigan makes it an annual goal to win a Big Ten championship, but Harbaugh also regards it as a weekly, game-by-game process to reach that goal.
“The facts are, that the championship’s on the line every week,” Harbaugh said Thursday morning on WXYT 97.1 FM in Detroit. “You’re playing for the title every week. You make every week a big game. It’s a championship-type game. There’s three to four teams in the top 10, ranked nationally and the implications are that every game, it’s a game but it’s also …
“If you get in any tiebreaker, the first tiebreaker is the head-to-head matchup, and the conference record is next. They’re worth a game plus a half. That’s why it’s a championship game.”
Ohio State (No. 2), Michigan (No. 4) and Michigan State (No. 8) are the Big Ten’s three highest-ranked teams in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Harbaugh also provided an update — or a non-update — on cornerback Jourdan Lewis (back/muscle strain), linebacker Noah Furbush (knee) and defensive lineman Taco Charlton (ankle), who have sat out all or parts of Michigan’s first three games.
“God willing and the creek don’t rise, we get Jourdan back, we get Taco back, Noah Furbush is back practicing and if all goes well, they’ll be playing,” Harbaugh said. “You like to see how they feel the next day, with what kind of soreness they have, what it’s like the day after practice. We’re hopeful.”